Inspections at Northwest Raise Questions

Reports filed by federal aviation inspectors during the first month of a strike by Northwest Airlines Corp.'s mechanics challenge assertions by executives that operations are running smoothly.

"These records provide examples that are even worse than we imagined," said John Glynn, maintenance standards coordinator for the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association.

The Star Tribune said it had the FAA documents, along with dozens of Northwest's internal aircraft maintenance logs, reviewed last week by former National Transportation Safety Board member John Goglia and by John Krawczyk, a former mechanic and maintenance inspector for United Airlines with 20 years of airline maintenance experience. It said Krawczyk has no ties to Northwest or its mechanics' union.

Krawczyk said the mistakes exposed the public to danger.

Goglia, a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic who is a professor of aviation science at St. Louis University, said he saw evidence of training deficiencies and documentation errors throughout the inspection reports and maintenance logs.

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